Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
PhD Students Session

Reception of the Anti-hero in the Literary Text and Criticism of Social Realism (Mikhail Javakhishvili's „Kvachi Kvachantiradze“ and Polikarpe Kakabadze's „Kvarkvere Tutaberi“)

Lili Metreveli
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature
Tatia Oboladze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Anti-hero,
  • soviet literary criticism,
  • „Enemy of the people“,
  • socialist realism


In the 1920s, two important texts of Georgian literature were written: Mikheil Javakhishvili's pica-resque novel „Kvachi Kvachantiradze“ (1924) and Polikarpe Kakabadze's play „Kvarkvare Tutaberi“ (1928).

Who are Kvarkvare Tutaberi and Kvachi Kvachantiradze? And what do they have in common? The capability of metamorphoses, a total absence of moral and ethical values, dishonesty, and fraud - this is an incomplete list of qualities that both characters have.

Our research aims to investigate how Soviet literary criticism of the 20-30s interprets the mentioned texts.